Life could not have been any better for two best friends,Bhavya Kulshreshtha and Shivali Malhotra,both Class XII students of the Shri Ram School,Aravali Campus,who jointly topped the ISC in the Delhi-NCR region.
Both the girls,students of the Arts stream,scored 98.75 per cent. Sitting beside each other in their school campus,they said: When we heard that we had topped ICSE,we just couldnt believe it.
Shivali said she was never a bookworm but would spend most of her time focussing on her passion,music. She is also part of band called Delusion.
In fact,after the Class X board examinations,she had decided to go abroad for further studies. So,throughout 2012,she was busy studying for the SAT and applying to foreign universities.
She said,I began to take studies seriously in January,just two months before the board examination and did not adopt any particular strategy to study. Whenever I panicked,I would call Bhavya and share notes with her.
Shivali said she had already secured an admission at the New York University for a double major in Economics and Liberal Arts. She will also be seen in the film Rainbows are real,which is due for release in August.
Shivalis mother Dr Monica Malhotra,also a Class XII topper during her time,said,I always knew she would get good marks as she was focused. She has always been a good student and the entire family is proud of her.
The four-year programme introduced by Delhi University is a good step forward as students will have more options. A four-year degree course is way stronger than the previous three-year course. It was high time India did this, Dr Malhotra said.
Shivalis fellow topper and best friend,Bhavya will be applying to Delhi University and universities in Singapore. She aspires to be a psychologist.
She said she was consistent with studies throughout and devoted sufficient time every day to study for the board exams.
On DUs four-year programme,Bhavya said initially she was against the move as she would have to compulsorily study courses in the foundation year in which she had no interest. She also said it was a drastic change to implement and was not sure if it was a good move.
However,she said,the introduction of D1 and D2 (more like major and minor subjects) in the courses was a step in the right direction.